Chapter 13 - Chapter 13 Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and...

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Chapter 13 Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and Symptoms I. Schizophrenia A group of disorders characterized by severely impaired cognitive processes. It is a disorder which involves disturbance of thinking primarily. 1. History of Diagnostic Category Emil Kraeplin (1896) called this disorder Dementia Praecox meaning early Insanity. Bleuler (1911) coined the term schizophrenia from the two terms Schizen (split) and phren (mind). It has been difficult to agree on a precise definition of schizophrenia. Note: Very common among elders. 2. DSM-IV Definition of Schizophrenia According to DSM-IV, the diagnosis of schizophrenia is given to a disorder if delusions, hallucinations, or marked disturbance in thinking, affect or speech are demonstrated. II. Symptoms of Scizophrenia The positive symptoms of schizophrenia are thought disorder, bizarre behavior, delusions and hallucinations. 1. Delusions*** Delusions are defined as false beliefs which are firmly held to by the patient. Several types of delusions are: a. Delusions of grandeur – thinking one is a very important person. b.
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY CLP 3143 taught by Professor Cyrusazimi during the Fall '09 term at University of Central Florida.

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Chapter 13 - Chapter 13 Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and...

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